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Lily

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  • Sutton

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. R. Moehringer
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (174)

    Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men.

    Jen says: "wow WOW wow W0W w0w!!!!"
    "Great Start, Poor Finish"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sutton to be better than the print version?

    I got hooked on audiobooks after a hospitalization and I've never gone back to print books.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I loved the writer's concept, but he seemed to run out of steam in the last quarter of the book. I was really caught up in the story but the ending was so sudden. It left me with some questions about previous sections of the story.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn't experience if you just read the book?

    A good reader makes the story seem like a movie in your mind. Dylan Baker is an amazing reader. I love it when a reader is so good that you forget who he is and see only the characters.


    If you could rename Sutton, what would you call it?

    I think "Sutton" was an apt name.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1721)
    Performance
    (1366)
    Story
    (1359)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Surprisingly Good"
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    What did you love best about Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye?

    I loved Abby's readings and her intuitive phone messages. A very clever way to make a relatively unknown subject more real.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As I said, I loved Abby's readings and "phone" messages. I also like the fact that the author didn't concentrate all her writing on the psychic, but actually wrote a pretty good mystery too. She also created some good characters, especially Abby's sister Kat. I hope she's included in future books.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Michaels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think I have, but I will look for more of her readings.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paw Enforcement: K9, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Diane Kelly
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (374)
    Story
    (374)

    Officer Luz is lucky she still has a job after tasering a male colleague where it counts the most. Sure, he had it coming - which is why the police chief is giving Megan a second chance. The catch? Her new partner can't carry a gun, can't drive a cruiser, and can't recite the Miranda Rights. Because her new partner is a big furry police dog. So that's what the chief meant when he called Megan's partner a real bitch...With Brigit out on the beat, Megan is writing up enough tickets to wallpaper the whole station.

    Janelle Carter says: "Not so funny"
    "So Disappointing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Almost Everything


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I didn't finish the book, so I don't know if there was anything wonderful in the end.


    What didn’t you like about Coleen Marlo’s performance?

    She was way too 'perky" for me. She seemed to be trying to act out the book instead of just reading it. I think she ruined the story for me, because it was so hard to get her voice out of the way.


    Was Paw Enforcement worth the listening time?

    Not yet. I will try again this summer when I'm looking for really light reading.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Days of Dogtown: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Kate Nelligan
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (82)

    Set on Cape Ann in the early 1800s, The Last Days of Dogtown is peopled by widows, orphans, spinsters, scoundrels, whores, free Africans, and "witches". Nearly a decade ago, Diamant found an account of an abandoned rural backwater near the Massachusetts coastline at the turn of the nineteenth century. That pamphlet inspired a stunning novel about a small group of eccentrics and misfits, struggling in a harsh, isolated landscape only fifty miles north of Boston, yet a world away.

    Alison says: "October Reading"
    "Another Anita Diamant Winner"
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    What did you love best about The Last Days of Dogtown?

    Anitta Diamant writes such good stories. No unnecessary violence and no explicit sex are included in the book, because it wasn't needed, and that's so refreshing. And the narrator, Kate Nelligan, reads so smoothly and soothingly and yet conveys the proper excitement when necessary.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Days of Dogtown?

    Each character had his own memorable moment.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Nelligan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to Kate Nelligan before and hoped I could find other books read by her. I was really disappointed when I searched her name and came up with only 6 books, of which I'd buy only 2.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is totally different from "The Red Tent", which I loved, but it is as compelling in its own way. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading character studies. There are some fascinating people in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1217)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Jen says: "Wonderful Wonderful - In Every Way"
    "A Beautiful Story"
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    What did you love best about Ordinary Grace?

    The time and place in which it was set. The characters of Frank, Jake and Gus were wonderful.


    What about Rich Orlow’s performance did you like?

    A really good narrator. I will look for more books he has narrated.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes, but then when I got close to the end, I wanted it to go on and on. Now I'm searching for similar books.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I love Mr. Krueger's Cork O'Connor books, this is by far the best story. I can't stop thinking about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (5586)
    Performance
    (3552)
    Story
    (3554)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "I Should Have Read More Reviews"
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    What would have made In the Woods better?

    Perhaps if the synopsis writer had also authored the book it might have been as interesting as I thought it might be.


    What could Tana French have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    So many things, but leaving out at least 1/3 of the verbiage would have been a good start. Making her lead character the least little bit sympathetic or interesting would be my next suggestion.


    What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a good narrator, barring the fact that a book set in Ireland has no Irish accents, and I will look for other books he has narrated.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In the Woods?

    Too many to number.


    Any additional comments?

    Try as I might, I just couldn't get through this book. More than halfway in, I still didn't care about Rob or what the conclusion might be. I gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Copper River

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (187)

    Part Irish, part Native-American, Sheriff Cork O'Connor serves the remote territory of Tamarack County, Minnesota. But big trouble is brewing: a powerful man believes O'Connor killed his son. Now there's a price on the sheriff's head and a bullet in his leg. He finds refuge with his cousin, Jewell, and her teenage son, Ren, in their tiny Michigan town. But when Ren and his friends are threatened, O'Connor must risk his cover to find out why.

    Roger says: "Great Book"
    "A Twist on the Usual"
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    Any additional comments?

    I didn't think I would be happy with a WKK book that left out most of the usual characters and was not set in familiar Minnesota but of course I shouldn't have worried. There was still the same suspense, albeit with mostly new people. Actually, I kind of wish Cork could have stayed with his cousin and her son and that Dina would become his assistant. The story has such interesting characters that I might miss more than the Aurora citizens,. But I I assume we'll be headed back to the Boundary Waters area and I'll love that too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (226)

    After 17-year-old Charlotte Kane, the beautiful, brilliant, and brooding daughter of a rich widower, disappears on a drunken New Years' Eve snowmobile ride, a raging blizzard soon snuffs out all search efforts. When her body is found during the spring thaw four months later, preliminary evidence implicates her ex-boyfriend: Ojibwe bad-boy Solemn Winter Moon. But then a second Charlotte Kane turns up dead, and Cork isn't sure of anything any more.

    Ronna says: "Winter snows leave a body in the spring thaw!!"
    "One of The Best"
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    If you could sum up Blood Hollow in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful, Mesmerizing, Addictive


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Krueger's characters form a great ensemble and each is important and interesting. The townspeople, the Native Americans, the kids - I enjoy the stories told be all of them.


    What about David Chandler’s performance did you like?

    He has one of those wonderful narrator voices: easy to follow and just enough character variation.


    Any additional comments?

    This series was recommended to me by a friend a few weeks ago. I'm starting Book 5 now and I don't see an end to my addiction. I started reading the first book because I am a Minnesotan and my husband grew up on one of the reservations up north. Now I'm so hooked! I've never read books that kept me on the edge of my achair as much as these do. If you like good stories with a mystery twist, try one of these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (934)
    Story
    (929)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    Debbie says: "Riveting Mystery"
    "A Great Start to a New Series"
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    Would you listen to Iron Lake again? Why?

    Maybe - in several years. I don't usually re-read books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was a wonderful ensemble of characters. It's difficult to choose a standout.


    Have you listened to any of David Chandler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This is the first time I have heard him read, and he is absolutely perfect for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read primarily mysteries since my first Nancy Drew a long time ago, so I'm suspicious when starting a new author. It's a good thing I'm retired, because my eyes are bleary from trying to read the book in one sitting. I'll be reading the series til the end. Living in Minnesota, and being married to a man who grew up in O'Connor's territory (his family still lives there) there was the familiarity of home. Although "home" has never been as threatening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Monk: A Hangman's Daughter Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Oliver Pötzsch
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (572)

    It is 1648, a small village in the Alps: In the thick of a blizzard,a town priest discovers he’s been poisoned. As numbness creeps up his body, he summons the last of his strength and scratches a sign in the frost that will lead the town hangman, his daughter, and the town physician in pursuit of a treasure of the Knights Templar. But the priest’s murderer is already on their trail, and he’s not the only one after the legendary fortune: a dark monk is not far behind,and a band of thieves is roving the countryside, attacking solitary travelers and spreading panic.

    Snoodely says: "The Real Discovery of Penicillin!"
    "Not My Style at All"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Unfortunately there's no way to know about a book until you read it. Reviews give you some idea, but the book may still be one you don't like. That's the case here.


    Has The Dark Monk turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Of the genre, no. Of this series, oh my yes! I was going to ask that someone send me the name of the villain, but after a few more chapters, I just don't care.


    What aspect of Grover Gardner’s performance would you have changed?

    I would not have chosen Mr. Gardner to narrate, but as he was chosen, I wish he had decided between just reading the book and providing voices. I didn't think his voice fit with the heavy Germanic characters.


    Do you think The Dark Monk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    For those who like it, sure. For me, this is my first and last.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the book very slow moving with a bizarre cast of characters. I listened for several hours, so I think I gave it a fair trial.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2254)
    Performance
    (1978)
    Story
    (1950)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "The Best Yet"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's the funniest "Royal Spyness" book I've read.


    What other book might you compare Naughty in Nice to and why?

    It can be compared only to the other "Royal Spyness" books.


    Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

    Georgie's mother, or maybe Coco Chanel (yes, that one) or maybe Noel Coward (yes, that one too).


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh a lot. The interaction between Georgie and her mother is priceless, and one-upping her snobby sister-in-law, Fig, is delightful. Georgie's maid continues to be totally incompetent, and her grandfather comes running when he thinks his beloved granddaughter is in trouble - which she is, most of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Katherine Kellgren does a fine job of narrating the book, except for those characters with a French accent. Some of her pronounciations really reminded me of Peter Sellers' Inspector Clouseau. (If you know the movies, you'll recognize "rheum".)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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